The FIFA World Cup doesn’t happen every year and players must take advantage, some practically rehearse three summers before the main event.
The Premier League is unarguably Europe’s most exciting and best league in the world and every young footballer craves to be a part of the fun.
At the World Cup, a host of talented and promising players have emerged. While just a few are very much known on the continent, a handful are scattered in some obscure leagues around the world, here are four we feel deserve to play in England’s top-tier next season.
1 – Aleksandr Golovin (Russia, CSKA Moscow)
Golovin has been the host nation’s shinning light thus far. The 22-year-old produced an excellent display in the tournament’s curtain raiser, directly involved in three out of five goals scored against Saudi Arabia. He followed that up with another assist against Egypt.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all reported to be interested in the dynamic midfielder. Golovin who has played over 100 matches for the Army club could move if the English sides are able to meet his £25m valuation. A livewire in the centre, Golovin would be an extremely useful addition.
2 – Juan Quintero (Colombia, FC Porto)
Quintero is the prototype nomad footballer. The 25-year-old showed so much prospect during his teenage days in native Envigado, flaunting an extraordinary skill set. However, he couldn’t live up to the hype and went off the radar in the last five years, changing teams an incredible five times.
Quintero is currently on loan at River Plate from FC Porto with an option to remain there. The Argentine club won’t hesitate to tie him down following his brilliant showing for Colombia. Like Golovin, the 25-year-old has notched one goal and assisted two others for his teammates. The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Everton are speculative Premier League suitors.
3 – Hirving Lozano (Mexico, PSV)
Germany won’t be defending their title, Die Mannschaft’s bid to retain the crown failed from the word go. Lozano wrecked Joachim Low’s opening party, striking a killer punch, his goal setting the tone for a miserable exit for the Germans. Arsenal and Liverpool were impressed.
Lozano’s pace, craftiness and movement frightened Die Mannschaft. He caused further havoc, creating another goal against South Korea. Although the South Americans fell woefully to Sweden, the 22-year-old gave a good account of himself. Last season he contributed to 27 strikes for PSV.
4 – Andre Carrillo (Peru, Sporting Lisbon)
The Russian party may have ended too sudden for Peru, but Ricardo Gareca’s men go home with their heads high. Los Incas narrowly lost its first two games against Denmark and France yet showed courage to thrash Australia 2-0. Andre Carrillo was the team’s finest performer, hitting a spectacular volleyed goal.
Carrillo isn’t new to Premier League audiences, the attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at Watford from Sporting Lisbon, featuring in 28 games. After such a productive World Cup campaign – his country’s first in 40 years – Carrillo is expected to return to England permanently, Everton said to be most interested in his services.